The family Lycaenidae is a large and varied worldwide group that has 4,000 to 6,000
species depending on the ever-changing taxonomic flux. They are collectively called
Gossamer Butterflies or Gossamer Wings. The family is further divided into eight
subfamilies. The first is the Theclinae which includes the Hairstreaks, Sunstreaks,
Elfins and others. The second is the Polyommatinae which includes the Blues, Azures,
Arguses, Caeruleans and others. The third subfamily is the Lycaeninae which includes
the Coppers, Sapphires, Silverlines and others. The forth is the Poritiinae which
includes the gems. The fifth is the Miletinae which includes the Brownies, Harvesters,
Darkies, Apeflies and others. The sixth is the Curetinae which includes the Sunbeams.
The seventh family is the Lipteninae which includes about 500 tropical rainforest
gossamer wings. The eighth and final subfamily is the Liphyrinae and includes the
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Callophrys mcfarlandi, perched on larval food plant, Beargrass, Nolina micorcarpa,
Tunnel Springs Campground, Sandia Mountains, Cibola National Forest, Sandoval County,
New Mexico, 1 May 1998 Ref
Callophrys mcfarlandi, Tunnel Springs Campground, Sandia Mountains, Cibola National
Forest, Sandoval County, New Mexico, 1 May 1998 Ref
Beargrass, Nolina micorcarpa, common larval food source, Tunnel Springs Campground,
Sandia Mountains, Cibola National Forest, Sandoval County, New Mexico
Ref #: F-8-6.4
Callophrys mcfarlandi belongs to the subfamily Theclinae. It’s range includes most
of New Mexico then southward into Texas and Mexico. Its habitat is southwestern
desert with beargrass.
The larval food plant for this species is beargrass, Nolina sp. Eggs are laid on
flower stalks of the host plant and caterpillars feed on flowers and fruits. There
is one early summer brood and sometimes a second brood.